Austin Insider Blog

This blog, written and curated by Visit Austin staff, shares the things that visitors love and locals can't get enough of.

Accessible Things to Do in Austin

Thanks to Austin's temperate Winters, mild Spring and Fall seasons and sunny Summers, visitors of all abilities will find a welcoming city and plenty of things to do all year round. This is your guide to the best places to visit in Austin, with limited discrimination and without the uncertainty…

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Where to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Austin

2021 is quickly approaching, and Austin knows how to celebrate in style. From live music and exclusive dinners to virtual celebrations, ATX has a range of events so you and your loved ones can ring in the New Year the right way. Check out some of the events we’ve highlighted so you can start…

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Visiting Austin's Trail of Lights

The holidays are here, and one of the best ways to celebrate in Austin is by visiting the city’s 56th Annual Trail of Lights. From November 28, 2020 through January 3, 2021, Zilker Park transforms into a drive-thru winter wonderland as it's lit up by more than 2 million lights, 90 lighted holiday…

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2021 Austin Event Guide

Preview the fun to come in 2021 and mark your calendar with Austin's biggest events, from food to fine arts and of course, live music. For the latest updates about the status of each event, please check each event's website. Austin City Limits Music Festival. Credit Sara Marjorie. Music Events…

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Where to See Live Music Tonight in Austin

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages on, the music community in Austin has stayed busy and hopeful that, soon, things will return to normal. Throughout the last few months of livestreams, virtual songwriting camps, and socially distant recording sessions, Austin musicians have remained flexible and have…

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Austin Holiday Shopping Guide

Whether you’re ready or not, it’s time to start thinking about your 2020 holiday gift list. If you’re looking for something really special or even one-of-a-kind for your friends and family, look no further than these local, handmade shopping events and markets in Austin, running from Black Friday to…

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The Ultimate Guide to Holidays in Austin

Spending the holidays in Austin? Celebrate like a local and join in some of our city’s most beloved holiday traditions, from over-the-top holiday lights displays to shopping markets and live performances of Christmas classics. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Courtesy of the Lady Bird…

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December 2020 Top Events & Festivals

From art bazaars and festive films to holiday lights festivals and Santa sightings, we've got your top events and things to do in Austin this December. Luminations at the Wildflower Center. Credit Ann Alva Wieding. Through 1/6/20 Mozart’s Light Show Mozart’s Coffee Roasters At Mozart’s Coffee…

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Texas Book Festival 2020

The annual Texas Book Festival (TBF) takes place October 31-November 15, 2020, in an all new virtual format. Free and open to the public, the 25 th annual festival will feature more than 125 authors participating in virtual sessions, including programming for adults, young adults, middle-grade…

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Things to Do for Halloween in Austin 2020

If you're looking for a good ghost story, not only does Austin have some ghoulish ones to tell, the city is also full of festive ways to celebrate Halloween. From scary movies, haunted houses and socially distant parties at your favorite local bars to kid-friendly events like corn mazes and Boo at…

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